The FCC's decision to reform portions of the Universal Service Fund (USF) to support a national broadband plan has understandably drawn support from cable industry trade organizations.
American Cable Association CEO Matt Polka said his group is "heartened" by the measures but urged the Commission to proceed cautiously because its actions will impact "telecommunications networks throughout vast areas of the country ... that provide vital services to many Americans."
NCTA President-CEO Kyle McSlarrow added that "restructuring the Universal Service Fund so it promotes broadband deployment in truly unserved communities is critical to accomplishing the national priority of connecting all Americans."
Another part of that connection will happen Feb. 17 when the Commerce Department unveils a national interactive map pinpointing which communities do or don't have access to broadband. Such a map, of course, will be key to determining where broadband funding is directed.
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